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Below is a family biography included in History of Lee County, Iowa published by Western Historical Company in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HILPERT, F., proprietor of cooper-shop, Concert street, between Eleventh and Twelfth; was born in Germany in 1836; came to Keokuk in 1856; he started in present business in 1858, on a small scale; now has the largest cooper business in Keokuk; employs ten hands, and has two branch shops. He married Miss M. Bogart in 1858; she was born in Germany in 1834; they have three children — Chris., Jennie and Kate. Mr. Hilpert landed in Keokuk with $1 in his pocket; he did not do as the average self-made man — build a fortune from it, but spent it the first night; he now has a fine business, a good home and plenty of this world’s goods. Democratic.

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This family biography is one of 668 biographies included in The History of Lee County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Lee County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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